Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

By David Flynn, May 8 2019
Wilson Parking pulls out of Virgin Australia Velocity Frequent Flyer

Wilson Parking is leaving Virgin Australia's Velocity Frequent Flyer program, which saw travellers earn Velocity Points every time they parked their vehicle.

Wilson is Australia’s largest secure parking operator with more than 400 car parks across Australia, and became a Velocity partner in May 2010. Velocity members can currently earn five points per dollar spent when they pre-book a parking space.

Frequent parkers (as opposed to frequent flyers) can also pick up two Velocity Points per dollar if they belong to the car park firm's own Wilson One loyalty program.

However, the Hong Kong-based company will exit the Velocity scheme from 30 May 2019.

Wilson Parking says its Wilson One members "will receive Velocity Points for parking transactions made up to and including 30 May 2019. Monthly Parking customers will receive Velocity Points for their May 2019 invoice."

Outstanding claims for missing Velocity points will be settled "no later than 30 May 2019."

David

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

11 Nov 2016

Total posts 29

Linking with QF instead?

Etihad - Etihad Guest

11 May 2019

Total posts 6

I doubt Wilson Parking will be starting a partnership with Qantas, as Qantas has a partnership with Secure Parking.

Lmc
Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Nov 2018

Total posts 66

One of many more to come no doubt, Virgin should have joined Star Alliance.

abr
abr

Etihad - Etihad Guest

03 May 2019

Total posts 10

Star Alliance has made it very clear some time back that they're NOT interested in VA joining.


SkyTeam is Virgin Australia's only alliance choice.

Lmc
Lmc

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

09 Nov 2018

Total posts 66

Skyteam, all the left over airlines that Star and Oneworld dont want.

Virgin should fit in perfectly!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

04 Nov 2017

Total posts 193

With "Sworn Enemies" NZ and UA ready to use their veto should any VA application come across their desk, chances of VA joining *A is close to zero.


In addition to the financial health of EY and HNA, and the rumours of SQ possibly wanting out. In addition to past articles of DL and NH not ruling anything out and lurking in the background, there's a better chance of VA becoming "Delta Air Lines Australia" to compliment their "Delta Air Lines UK" division (aka Virgin Atlantic) than VA joining any Alliance in general.

18 Jan 2017

Total posts 27

Not sure what joining an alliance has to do with Frequent Flyer "add-on" partnerships.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

26 May 2014

Total posts 427

I find it difficult to see there is a business case is for a parking provider offering points in any FF program. It certainly wouldn’t influence my choice of parking location.

07 Mar 2017

Total posts 34

It's certainly influenced mine.

Know that I get points there, their pricing is comparable, and they have good coverage, so Wilson was always my go to if parking was needed.

TMP
TMP

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

17 May 2018

Total posts 2

+1 to this. Absolutely used Wilson as a result of the partnership, and disappointed to see it end.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

11 May 2019

Total posts 6

Difficult to see? I spend at least $400 a month on CBD parking. I joined Wilson simply for the Velocity points and avoided other parking operators so I could collect more Velocity points with Wilson.

Etihad - Etihad Guest

11 May 2019

Total posts 6

I actually spend several hundred a month on parking in different CBD car parks (work related expense) so joining Wilson for additional Velocity points was a no-brainer for me.

The Secure Parking and Qantas points partnership isn't as good, as it only offered a book a bay option to collect points and if you don't enter and exit in a specified time frame, you don't get the points.

I'm not sure why this partnership all of a sudden dissolved. However, I highly doubt it's because VA isn't part of an airline alliance. Qantas is partnered with Secure Parking, so it made sense for Wilson to partnet with VA.

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